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Afghanistan
Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province
2013-02-24
[BBC.CO.UK] The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture.

The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a front man for Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai.
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
The strategically significant, central province of Wardak has been the recent focus of counter-insurgency operations.

A US front man said it took all allegations of misconduct seriously.

But he said he could not comment specifically on this latest development.


In a hastily convened news conference, the presidential front man said US special forces would have to leave Wardak within the next two weeks.

"There are some individuals, some Afghans, who are working within these cells, within these [US] special forces groups" in Wardak province, said front man Aimal Faizi.

"But they are part of US special forces according to our sources and according to our local officials working in the province," he said.

These Afghan units are facing allegations of involvement torture and disappearances, says the BBC's Karen Allen in Kabul. A preliminary investigation also blamed them for beheading a university student in the province.

Wardak is seen as a gateway for the Taliban to target Kabul, our correspondent adds.
Posted by:Fred

#17  Heh, pull our guys out and watch the disappearances and torture increase.
Posted by: KBK   2013-02-24 20:37  

#16  Karzai's US security detail should be the first element pulled out.
Posted by: Lone Ranger   2013-02-24 20:31  

#15  The last official act of his security detail should be to throw him out the door of the last chopper out.

"He tripped," tu. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara   2013-02-24 19:41  

#14  The last official act of his security detail should be to throw him out the door of the last chopper out.
Posted by: tu3031   2013-02-24 19:03  

#13  Ditto as per NON-US NATO SPECOPS???
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-02-24 18:30  

#12  Somewhere there is a small village in France or Italy looking for someone to open a kebab place.
Posted by: Jack is Back!   2013-02-24 17:17  

#11  ...see, he learned. However, his departure should also be a lesson to our own governing class, that stuffed ballot boxes aren't willing to give that 'last full measure of devotion' to keep you in power.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2013-02-24 15:41  

#10  He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. When the count was in, he won(?) by something like 54%. However, the fix was in and the ballot boxes were stuffed. Chicago would be proud of Karzai.
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-02-24 14:10  

#9  One of the things I despised about GWB was his foreign policy implementation of "compassionate conservatism".

He seems to believe in cultural & moral relativism in that everyone is like a Euro Social Democrat if just given a chance.
Posted by: Alanc   2013-02-24 13:35  

#8  Come to think of it, Karzai DOES look a lot like Charles Middleton!!
Posted by: Bill Clinton   2013-02-24 13:24  

#7  for all the US service people and civilians killed due to Caped President Feckless, we should make sure he doesn't leave Kabul alive. Let him know it
Posted by: Frank G   2013-02-24 12:54  

#6  One of the positives of an early withdrawal is that it advances the day we see Karzai upside down on a Kabul lamp post
And doesn't Karzi know it, so expect him to do a runner out of Afghanistan before the 20014 elections when everything will go tits-up.
Posted by: tipper   2013-02-24 12:52  

#5  My guess is that Karzai will step down and be living in Gay Paree before the Talibs retake the govt. It'll be his successor hanging from the lamp post.
Posted by: Fred   2013-02-24 12:47  

#4  One of the positives of an early withdrawal is that it advances the day we see Karzai upside down on a Kabul lamp post
Posted by: PCarroll   2013-02-24 12:14  

#3  Might as well pull everyone out. Our political leaders lost the fight years ago.
Posted by: DarthVader   2013-02-24 12:06  

#2  Pull everybody back down to Kandahar and start flying them home NOW!
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-02-24 11:11  

#1  Killing too many talibunnies
Posted by: Caesar Gray1629   2013-02-24 11:08  

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